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Sean Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Nonfiction | Book | YA | Published in 1998

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1. Covey emphasizes that principles rather than people should be at the center of our lives.

  • What benefit comes from emphasizing principles over people, according to Covey? (topic sentence)
  • What are some examples Covey offers up that demonstrate how living one’s life according to principles ensures a higher morality? Name at least 3 examples from the text.
  • In your conclusion, discuss how Making Personal Responsibility the Driving Force in Our Lives can help bolster and support our principles.

2. In Chapter 8, Covey lays out four different mentalities for how most people approach life: win-lose, lose-win, lose-lose, and win-win.

  • Imagine two people in a relationship, where one is trying to think win-win, but the other person is invested in win-lose.